Idaho Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer
Drunk driving accidents are some of the most unfortunate, yet most common traffic accidents that result from the carelessness of a driver. One person’s selfish decision to get behind the wheel after drinking can affect the lives and future of so many innocent victims. These accidents are often tragic, and if you are the victim of such an accident, you are in the right place. An Idaho drunk driver accident lawyer can help.
Drunk driving accidents often result in moderate to severe physical harm to people in one or both vehicles. However, if you have been injured in such an accident, it can lead to long term emotional and financial hardships as well. At Hansen Injury Law, we deal frequently with such cases and will provide you with a professional, qualified Idaho drunk driver accident lawyer who will fight hard to win your case and give you one less thing to worry about in this troubling and painful time in your life.
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Drunk Driving Accidents: A Severe Problem in Idaho
Though drunk driving accidents have statistically decreased nationwide over the years, it continues to be a significant threat to roads everywhere. Especially in Idaho.
According to a study by USA Today, Idaho ranks third in the nation on the list of the Top Ten most dangerous states for drunken driving as of 2015 (USA Today).
Additionally, according to information provided by the Idaho State Police, 39% of all fatal collisions in Idaho are caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol. (See “What You Should Know About Idaho’s DUI Laws”)
Preventing Idaho Drunk Driving Accidents: Drunk Drivers
Though this is a clear problem facing Idaho drivers, there are some things that every driver can do to prevent such costly accidents.
To all potential drivers, if you choose to drink, please do so responsibly. Simply put, do not get behind the wheel after drinking. No exceptions. Whether you are a first time drinker or a seasoned one, do not assume that you can handle it. You cannot.
According to the Idaho State Police, it is illegal to drive in Idaho with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or more, and just 0.02% for drivers under the age of 21. This doesn’t leave much room for error. Even if you have had only one or two drinks, do not consider driving.
If you do not have a designated driver or find yourself alone and without a potential ride, there are helpful resources such as Uber, Lyft, taxis, or other ride services that can help yourself and others get home safely.
Preventing Drunk Driving Accidents: Sober Drivers
Though you cannot take responsibility for another’s actions, there are some things you can do to remain safe on the road.
- Be vigilant at all times. You may have spotted a drunk driver if a car is:
- Making wide turns
- Crossing traffic lines
- Weaving or swerving
- Stopping without a cause
- Driving very fast or slow
- Responding slowly to traffic signals
- If you spot such a driver, make a conscious effort to avoid him or her.
- Call the police and report the vehicle if possible.
Do not simply assume that every driver on the road is being responsible. Always be alert so that you and others do not become victims of another’s poor decisions.
What if I am hit by a drunk driver?
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, you are likely eligible for monetary and medical compensation to help you recover. Here are some basic post-accident steps you should take to ensure that you are fully taken care of.
- Call 911 immediately
- Find and talk to witnesses
- Collect information from the scene, including photos and personal information of the other driver (i.e. insurance provider, license plate, contact information etc.)
- Have a police officer administer a Breathalyzer test to the other driver if you think they may have been under the influence of alcohol.
- Get immediate medical attention
- Talk to and hire an Idaho drunk driver accident lawyer
The Do’s and Dont’s of Your Idaho Drunk Driving Accident Case
After being involved in an accident with a drunk driver, there are two different paths that people often take to settle their case.
DO NOT: Make a quick settlement with the insurance company
Many people have never been in an accident before and, lacking experience, try to reach a quick settlement through their insurance provider and the provider of the impaired driver. We strongly recommend avoiding this option.
Though the insurance companies may appear to have your best interests at heart, they want to pay you as little as possible. The amount they offer may seen generous, especially in the immediate aftermath of your accident. However, you are likely eligible for greater compensation depending on the extent of your injuries. For this reason we advise you to wait until you have spoken with an Idaho drunk driver accident lawyer.
In other words, don’t just accept the first check they wave in your face. A quick settlement is in their best interest and will rarely compensate you sufficiently.
DO: Hire an Idaho drunk driver accident lawyer
We recommend this not because we are attorneys, but because we have been through this process many times and have seen the difference this decision makes in people’s lives. Because the insurance companies will attempt to settle quickly and give you minimum compensation, we will work with you, your doctors, and the insurance companies to make sure that you are not taken advantage of and help you get a maximum settlement to help you recover.
If you do not win your case, you don’t owe us anything. Therefore, it is also in our best interest to work with you and give our all to win your case and get you the compensation you need an deserve. In order to dedicate the time and attention necessary to win your case, we accept a limited number of cases, so you can rest assured the work we do will be our best.
Though the process may last longer than you would like, it can surely be very rewarding in the long run. Hiring an Idaho drunk driver accident lawyer will help you avoid the consequences of a quick settlement and get you the funds you need to make a complete recovery.
Don’t Go Through This Process Alone: Hire an Idaho Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident with a drunk driver, please consider talking to an experienced Idaho drunk driver accident lawyer at Hansen Injury Law and allow us to help you through this difficult time in your life.
For more information on dealing with your Idaho drunk driver accident, please visit our general information page at https://www.hanseninjurylawfirm.com/drunk-driving-accident-lawyers/.